So I came across this cute picture of Kellie Pickler's hair. No, not the weird asymmetrical copy of Rhianna she had a few years back.
Here it is. Let me know what you think. Yep or Nope?
Speaking of fake plants and ivy.....please for the love of God, get that ivy, fake grapes, baskets and tipped over wine bottles off the top of your kitchen cabinets. I'm all about merchandising, but let's take down the Italian picnic. Again, another dirt and grime catcher.
Buying a whole matching bedroom, living room, or dining room set. A room looks so much more interesting when everything isn't so matchy-matchy. If you happen to have a whole 'set' of something, break it up put a piece in another room. Don't be afraid to mix things up. See how boring this room is.... matching sofa and loveseat, matching tables, matching pictures, matching lamps, and that dreadful silk tree. Symmetry is good, but too much is B-O-R-I-N-G!
Displaying too many pictures. I may be stepping into dangerous territory with this one;-) I have kids, so I love me some pictures. But I've been to houses where family portraits are on every wall, on every table....and the most atrocious---on the dining room walls. I'm not sure how the Southern tradition of having a picture of the mother and newborn in matching white gowns came about, but it has no place in the dining room. I'm just sayin..... I was taught in design school, that personal portraits belong in personal spaces (i.e. the bedrooms, family room, and hallways to the bedrooms). I think a middle ground is good. A grouping of beautiful framed portraits on a chest or on a wall is tasteful, just not on every table and every wall. Here's a great example of a happy medium. Fiona Newell Weeks, designer
Having too many little tschotkes in one place.
Don't be afraid to edit your room accessories. Your design will make more of a statement with one big piece or a collection of similar pieces. When a collection is scattered all around the room, it loses it's impact. For example, if you have a collection of plates or platters, display them together on a shelf or hang them together on a wall. Designer: Jackye Lanham
So what are your biggest design pet peeves???
Speaking of walls....da da ching! So cheesy, sorry. One of the biggest requests I get from clients and friends are paint color suggestions. Here are a few of my tried-and-true favorites:
House Beautiful magazine
Benjamin Moore-Dragon's Breath #1547
This is a wonderful deep charcoal with green undertones. I have a guest bathroom painted this color and it's like a warm cocoon.
The Seattle Times
Benjamin Moore-Danville Tan
(Cabinet color in this picture)
Favorite Trim Colors
Benjamin Moore -White Dove and Navajo White